Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Teneia is an internationally-touring musician and songwriter, and has seven albums to her credit.  She has won multiple awards, had her work featured in television and film, and shared the stage with various critically-acclaimed artists.



One of Teneia's most prominent pieces, "Stand," earned a placement in the HBO documentary Prom Night in Mississippi featuring Morgan Freeman.  "Stand" embodies Teneia's ability as an artist to address deeply rooted social issues fearlessly and confidently.  Her true talent however, is how she strips down the audience, leaving their minds filled with reflection and their hearts filled with hope.


With a career spanning over a decade, Teneia has toured relentlessly throughout the years. Her most recent side project, Heart Society gained recognition through the Sixthman Cayamo music cruise alongside John Prine, Buddy Miller, The War and Treaty, Lee Ann Womack and many more. Heart Society was also selected to perform a three week long tour on the continent of Africa in April of 2019 by the US State Department organization, American Music Abroad.  All while spreading a message of love and equality.


She is an advocate for the state of Mississippi and the city of Jackson. In 2020, Teneia wrote a song called ‘City with Soul’ supporting the promotional campaign for Visit Jackson. The video has over 100,000 views and has been streamed on all digital platforms.

In 2020, Teneia signed with SonaBLAST! Records for her 7th studio album, BLACK EMPRESS. The album was produced by Mike Minjarez in Nashville, TN.


In 2021, Teneia was named one of OZY Media's "Badass Women You Need to Know." 

Teneia is a visionary with the heart to match. No matter what project she is a part of she always delivers a stellar performance. With folk-soul roots and infectious hooks she teeters on the edge of defining a new sound and genre. 

 "With the skill of a jazz singer and a warm, disarming stage presence, Teneia can make her voice do just about anything — charm you into a hypnotic trance, make your heart beat faster, or motivate you to get out of your chair and dance."  -  David Accomazzo, Phoenix New Times 

“A cross between Ani DiFranco and Aretha Franklin...”  -  Herman Snell, Jackson Free Press

"I get the feeling Teneia could breathe soul into just about anything."  -  J.K. Oliver, EarCandy Mazagine



Black Rock Opera - Dark Utopia                         (unreleased)


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